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SubjectRe: SmPL for automatic request_firmware_nowait() conversion
Luis R. Rodriguez <mcgrof@suse.com> :
> On Sat, Jun 21, 2014 at 12:52:05PM +0200, Francois Romieu wrote:
> > Luis R. Rodriguez <mcgrof@suse.com> :
[...]
> Note that in the worst case if udev is present in the worst case if the
> firmware is not present loading can take up to timeout * num CPUs [0],
> but work is underway to try to remove udev firmware loading support [1].
> Regardless then the current approach seemed to beg a rework.
>
> [0] https://lkml.org/lkml/2013/10/23/264
> [1] http://comments.gmane.org/gmane.comp.sysutils.systemd.devel/19440

Thanks for the pointers.

I can't help thinking that there's a bit of sensationalism in the
timeout * num CPUs argument though. :o)

[...]
> The kernel's timeout is 60 seconds, and this is static, but lets be clear
> that there is a difference between the timeout for reading the firmware
> from the filesystem and actually dumping the firmware onto the device
> by the driver and ensuring that the driver is done poking at it. The
> kernel timeout is for the kernel reading it and tossing it back to the
> driver.

You are right.

[...]
> I was actually in the hopes a suitable transormation can be designed
> to put a wait_for_completion() in say ndo_init(). I was looking to
> see if a tranformation can be generalized of course if the above
> observations on probe() is something desirable to be addressed.

register_netdev is commonly called at the end of the probe method. probe()
would thus schedule an async firmware loading, fly, then wait_for_completion()
through register_netdev->ndo_init(). If so there won't be much gain.

There could be more gain with a wait_for_completion() in ndo_open()
but probe() + ndo_open() would still hit any fw read/poke/complete wall.

It can be done but it will imvho require a lot of driver dependant work.

--
Ueimor


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